People of the Civil Rights Era Seen in Photographs by Jim Peppler

On Saturday, January 14, at 6pm, the library will host the opening reception of “People of the Civil Rights Era Seen in Photographs by Jim Peppler”. This exhibit features photographs Mr. Peppler took while reporting for The Southern Courier, a non-profit weekly Civil Rights newspaper serving Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia from 1965 -1968. Mr. Peppler will be speaking on his experiences photographing the protests and vigils of the Civil Rights Movement in the South; the everyday life of the people who were fighting for their fundamental rights; and the tragic, yet still inspiring, funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be time for questions and a reception will follow. There will be time for questions and a reception will follow. The exhibit will be open to the public in the Community Room of the library from January 14 to February 28.

Dance Club — Fridays 4-5pm

uniteOperation Unite New York is providing a dance program for all ages and skill levels at the library on Fridays, from 4pm-5pm. The program, which will showcase styles from different cultures, is ongoing and free to the public.

The instructor, Elena Mosley, founded the Kuumba Dance and Drum Academy and is the Director of Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center, a not-for-profit that provides programs for youth and community members.

Kwanzaa Cultural Class

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Come to the library every Wednesday from 5:00-6:00pm to learn about the African tradition of Kwanzaa. Taught by cultural and arts educator Elena Mosley, the class includes lessons about the history of the festival, crafts, and activities of Kwanzaa. This class is presented by Operation Unite Education & Cultural Arts Center, a not-for-profit that provides programs for youth and community members.

Music and Stories from the Americas

juanThe Hudson Area Library proudly presents the first event in a new monthly cultural family program, Music and Stories from the Americas, on Tuesday, December 6 at 6pm. Families will learn about the specific cultures of peoples living in the Americas through children’s stories, history, food, and music. This program of celebration and community gathering will be in English and Spanish. Come to learn about culture, pick up a word or two in a language you may or may not be familiar with and enjoy delicious food in a friendly, festive setting.

Juan Sanchez, musician and member of Arm-of-the-Sea Theater Company, will utilize children’s literature, songs and the history of specific regions in Central and South America to introduce children and their families to the rich culture that exists in our two continents.

Free Parent Child Academy: Family Activities to Develop Your Child’s Literacy! [UPDATED DATES]

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The Hudson Area Library will be holding a Parent Child Academy on Saturdays from 10:30am – 1pm, on November 12, 19, and December 3, 10, and 17. [Update: We will not have a session on the November 26, due to the holiday weekend.] The Academy will provide free and open activities for parents of children from the ages of birth to five years that will help you in your role as your children’s first and best teacher, and get your child ready to enter school with the skills and love for reading that they need. Breakfast and lunch are on us, and we have AmeriCorps volunteers that will have some great activities for your children that are two and over. Books and prizes will be given away each week. Transport to the library is available.

For more information and to sign up, call 518-828-1792 ext 101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the library to sign up. The Parent Child Academy is made possible in part by a privately funded grant .

Radio Studio with Kite’s Nest

Three teens on a sidewalk. Two have audio equipment.Join us for Radio Studio at the Hudson Area Library! We don’t usually hear the voices and perspectives of youth in the news, but young people have a lot to say. If you’ve ever wanted to be a reporter or a DJ, or you’re just curious about making radio, this is your chance to be the media! We’ll learn hands-on radio and broadcasting skills, use digital audio recorders, come up with story ideas, conduct interviews, and broadcast our voices on WGXC: 90.7-FM.

RADIO STUDIO with Kite’s Nest

Friday, October 7, 3pm-6pm
at the Hudson Area Library
in partnership with WGXC: Hands-on Radio (90.7-FM)
Ages 9 – 15

To register, emailhello@kitesnest.org, or call 518-945-8445.

This program is free and open to the public. Donations towards this program will be shared with the Library and WGXC (Kite’s Nest has suggested a donation of $10-$40).

Hudson Theater Project Presents The Legend of the Giant Caterpillar

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Known for their insightful and lively productions, Hudson Theater Project returns under the inspired direction of Carol Rusoff with an original adaptation of The Legend of The Giant Caterpillar, a folk tale from the Ivory Coast of Africa. This mythical tale of woe and mishap has it all: Comedy! Vanquishing Heroes and Victory! Drama! Suspense! Join HTP for this free, family-friendly performance on Thursday, August 11 at 8pm in the library’s Community Room.

UPDATE: Two Additional Performances at the Library

The original plans for two shows at the Black Arts & Cultural Festival have been changed due to weather.

Two additional performances in the Community Room at the library:

Friday, August 12, 7pm

Sunday, August 14, 3pm

Devised in collaboration with community participants over the course of seven-weeks at the Hudson Opera House, this year’s HTP cast includes Shaquille Sinclair, Vincent Velasquez, Kulton McCall, Jayne Anderson, Hunter Thibeault, Ashley Price, Sylvia Shablovski, Conor Anderson, Michael Dolan, Peter Medici, Kylie Pecord, Aaron Stewart and Ava Delmar.